Wednesday, April 10, 2013
When I first started writing (back in high school), I made the mistake of not asking for help. I soon found myself feeling like my writing was crap and that I would never make it as a writer. So I put down the pen and gave it up.
Fast-forward more than a few years and I decided to have another go at it. The difference has been that life has taught me how important it is to ask for help when you need it. The really cool thing is that I've found so many helpful writers that will go out of their way to help someone who really wants to learn. Writers are (for the most part) some of the friendliest people on the planet.
My biggest problem is sometimes I feel like I'm bothering my fellow writers with what maybe should be questions I should answer on my own. It's that old habit of not asking for help. My blog is partly a way to deal with this bad habit. I guess I have a small sliver of hope that something in my posts will help somebody - even if only in a small way. And of course, I'm always ready to help my fellow writers in any way I can. I may not be published yet (nor even considered an exceptional writer), but I will still do what I can when I can. It helps me feel like I'm evening out those invisible scales weighing how much I help others against how much help is given to me.
When was the last time you asked for help? And have you helped others lately?